Les Ballet Afrik


Program: New York is Burning 
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission
Tickets: $30–$45, on sale April 23

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Back by popular demand, Les Ballet Afrik’s New York is Burning draws inspiration from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning and its depiction of voguing as a powerful expression in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. New York is Burning reflects the aspirations of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by health, racial, and financial crises. Highlighting the importance of community and connection to ancestry, Les Ballet Afrik provides a space for individual expression and radical acceptance.

“As the first ballroom experience at the Joyce Theatre, Wiles makes history, and continues to claim space. The message is simple: everyone should have the opportunity to live and to be loved. ‘Just open the door, because I’m definitely going to walk through,’ says Wiles.”
Dance Magazine

Friday, June 28 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 pm *Post-Performance Discussion

Photo credit: Ben McKeown

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This program is supported inpart by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.